Development was the theme across the Albertan wrestling scene last week. Whether that be the development of professional wrestlers or upcoming match cards, Alberta’s independent promotions spent much of the past seven days building towards upcoming events in the near future. A new women’s champion was crowned in Real Canadian Wrestling, while MPW’s top titleholder had his first championship defence scheduled.
It’s the latest edition of Last Week in Alberta Wrestling, your source for the most up-to-date information in the Albertan independent scene!
First Time’s a Charm for Joint PWA/FPW Training Camp
A number of aspiring wrestlers had their first opportunity to step inside the squared circle last weekend, as the Prairie Wrestling Alliance and Force Pro Wrestling held their first in a series of mini-camps led by Michael Richard Blais. Nearly twenty talents, including a few prominent Albertan independent stars, were on hand to take in the basics of bumping, running the ropes, and more.
Said Blais on the camp:
“It was amazing, and I can’t consider it anything but a true success. Legit, one of the proudest moments in my own wrestling career so far was this weekend. Every single person that came put in 110% effort. No matter what their individual level was on those days, they put in their own personal best and that’s all I can ever ask for.”
“The comradery and encouragement they gave each other was something I’ve rarely if ever seen as well, truly made me smile inside. Lot’s of learning, improvement and passion was shown by all. I legit hope to see them all again. I can’t wait for the next one, hope as many of them that can are back for it and through word of mouth, even more, to join in on the experience. It was the best of times, and truly something special.”
In addition to last weekend’s successful trial run, a second camp has already been confirmed to take place over October 19th and 20th. Contact [email protected] for more information.
MPW Gearing Up for Three-in-Three Mini Tour
The past week has seen a number of match announcements from Monster Pro Wrestling in anticipation of next weekend’s mini-tour through Alberta. The tour will see the promotion visit Lloydminster (19th), Edmonton (20th) and Hinton (21st).
Thursday night will see Lloydminster treated to the first MPW Heavyweight Championship defence from “Danger Zone” Mitch Clarke, as he takes on “Rugged” Rich King. Last year’s co-winner of the Leo Burke Cup ruthlessly cashed in his championship opportunity earlier this month on then-champion Lumberjack Larry Woods. Since then, the Lumberjack has yet to make an appearance, while Clarke appears to be callously moving on with business as usual. While King has been on a hot streak since winning the MPW Tag Team Championships, Clarke’s new attitude has already wielded stellar results. Will that trend continue on Thursday?
The evening is also set to see Nasty Nate Nixon battle “Dangerous” Danny Evans, with an #1 contenders battle royal scheduled for the show as well.
Friday’s Edmonton show features a marquee card, with four title matches already announced for MPW’s return to the south side of Edmonton. Perhaps the biggest is the scheduled MPW Renegade Memorial Tag Team Championship match that will see the Cat’s Meow (Nasty Nate Nixon/Kato) receive their anticipated rematch against Rich King and Kid Cyrus, cumulatively known as the Rugged Future. The evening will also see MPW Women’s Champion Phoenix defend her title against both Sexy Samantha and Taryn from Accounting following issues with both women over the past few months. Additionally, Clarke is slated to defend his championship against the recently-returned TY Jackson. However, though, that could always change should the former UFC fighter drop his bout in Lloydminster. Finally, “Beautiful” Blake Kannon is set to face off with J.J. Spade for the MPW Provincial Championship.
While only one match has been announced for Saturday’s show in Hinton, Alberta, it promises to be massive - both literally and figuratively. The evening is set to see Wrath take on the winner of Friday’s Provincial Championship match between Kannon and Spade. While both men are formidable opponents in their own rights, Wrath quite easily marks the toughest test of either potential opponent’s career. Who will be the “lucky” participant on Saturday night? Only one way to find out!
Tickets for any of Monster Pro Wrestling’s upcoming shows can be purchased in advance through any MPW star.
Kayla Jaye Claims RCW Women’s Championship
Kayla Jaye is back on top of the RCW Women’s Division.
At last Saturday’s Oil City Rumble, Jaye defeated long-time rival Angelica to claim the RCW Women’s Championship.
The title win marks Jaye’s third championship in the promotion.
The victory came following a hard-fought 2-out-of-3 falls match between the two bitter rivals. Despite Angelica scoring the first fall, Jaye was able to come from behind and pick up two straight falls for the win.
PPW Returns to Lethbridge
Pure Power Wrestling returns to Lethbridge this Friday, and the promotion looks to be going above and beyond for the upcoming show in announcing a pair of marquee matches last week.
Firstly, Sydney Steele’s first defence of the PPW Heavyweight Championship will take place at the German Canadian Club of Lethbridge as he takes on a surprising challenger in PWA Tag Team Champion Aiden Adams. The surprise isn’t in Adams’ talent, however, but just how quickly the PWA star has ascended the card in Pure Power Wrestling. Impressive showings for PPW against Kyle Sebastian and Bryn Watts have cemented Adams as the #1 contender in the promotion, but he’ll face a major challenge in reigning titleholder Sydney Steele. Steele has not only found a new level of viciousness since beginning his chase for the championship but gained a new ally in Angelica along the way. Will Adams be able to overcome not only Steele, but his ever-present partner? Or, will the duo simply prove to be too much for the Above Average Joe?
Friday night will also see a long-running blood feud come to a head as Kenn Stevens challenges Jumpin’ Josh for the PPW Cruiserweight Championship. Since May, both Stevens and Josh have been dogged in the pursuit of the other, with Josh firing the first shot in tapping out Stevens at the Gauntlet for the Gold. It was that victory that solidified his opportunity at the Cruiserweight Championship he now holds. Last month, however, saw Stevens claim victory in the Summer Sizzler tournament, earning a championship opportunity of his choosing in the process. It wasn’t long before Stevens selected Josh as his opponent. Now, a series of back-and-forth attacks between the two men has tensions at an all-time high. Who will walk away victorious on Friday night?
Real Canadian Wrestling Results
Fight Day the 13th • Calgary, Alberta • September 13th
- RCW Tag Team Championship Match: Neon Knights(Travis Cole/Jack Pride) def. Malicious Militia (Cody Chimera/Maverick Jack)
- Jose Suervo vs. Dewey Robson - No Contest
- RCW Women’s Championship Match: Angelica def. Kayla Jaye
- Tyson Hiller def. Bryn Watts (DQ)
- Handicap Match: KOTA defeated Viking Rage
- Top Talent (Heavy Metal/Big Jesse Youngblood/Christian Strife) def. Sydney Steele/Hard 2 Kill (Matt Hart/D. Dwight Davis)
- Brice “The Slammer” Sova def. Jason the Terrible
Oil City Rumble • Edmonton, Alberta • September 14th
- Irish Nites (Son of Irish/Nite) def. Neon Knights (Jack Pride/Travis Cole)
- Cody Chimera def. “The Profane Profit” Dante
- RCW Women’s Championship Match: Kayla Jaye def. “the Bombshell” Angelica©
- Sydney Steele def. Kenn Stevens, Dean Richtor
- Big Jesse Youngblood def. Giant Orion
- RCW Heavyweight Championship Match: Heavy Metal© def. Matt Hart
- Brice “The Slammer” Sova vs Jason the Terrible - No Contest
- Oil City Rumble Battle Royale: Dean Richtor
Monster Pro Wrestling • MPW Lloydminster • Lloydminster, Alberta • September 19
Pure Power Wrestling • PPW: Back in Session • Lethbridge, Alberta • September 20
World Wrestling Entertainment • WWE Live • Calgary, Alberta • September 20
Monster Pro Wrestling • MPW South Edmonton • Edmonton, Alberta • September 20
World Wrestling Entertainment • WWE Live • Edmonton, Alberta • September 21
Monster Pro Wrestling • MPW Hinton • Hinton, Alberta • September 21
Pure Power Wrestling • PPW: Mountain Mayhem • Cranbrook, British Columbia • September 21
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